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Nearly $3.5 Million Awarded in Grants to Improve Education for Indian Children
Grants will help programs from preschool to high school
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FOR RELEASE:
June 17, 2009
Contact: Gregg Wiggins
(202) 401-3858 gregg.wiggins@ed.gov

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today the award of 14 grants totaling $3,404,882 to programs in 11 states that will help American Indian children succeed in school.

“This is an opportunity to assist students who are, as I’ve seen for myself, some of the most motivated in any of our nation’s schools,” said Duncan, who visited the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana last month.

Grants are awarded under the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Program to help enhance both preschool preparation for American Indian children and efforts to prepare American Indian high school students transition to and succeed in college or other postsecondary education options.

More information about Indian education is available from the Office of Indian Education at http://www.ed.gov/programs/indiandemo/index.html.

A list of grantees and grants is provided below:

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ALASKA:
Bering Strait School District, Unalakleet -- $291,293
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Anchorage -- $260,289
Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, Juneau -- $276,220

ARIZONA:
Page Unified School District, Page -- $284,690
Painted Desert STAR School, Flagstaff -- $249,155

CALIFORNIA:
Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, Tuolumne -- $98,587

MONTANA:
Arlee School District, Arlee -- $192,259

NEBRASKA:
Omaha Public Schools, Omaha -- $281,372

NEW MEXICO:
Alamo Navajo School Board, Magdalena -- $197,360

OKLAHOMA:
Rocky Mountain Elementary School, Stilwell -- $200,266

OREGON:
Native American Youth and Family, Portland -- $272,632

SOUTH DAKOTA:
Mid-Central Educational Cooperative, Platte -- $229,171

WASHINGTON:
Puget Sound Educational Service District, Renton -- $295,034

WISCONSIN:
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bayfield -- $275,960

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